The Garden Of Earthly Delights

Goodbye, Bart! Remember: Lie, cheat, steal, and listen to heavy metal music! — Satan, “Bart Gets Hit By A Car”

The scenery accompanying Bart’s post-collision arrival in Hell wraps up many elements from Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden Of Earthly Delights” in a neat little package. While the Simpsons layout team pulled off this kind of mimicry several times, I would say this instance is unique in that it’s one where they don’t really use any animation tricks to make the scene seem more Springfieldian — the source material pretty much stands as is. Compared to something like this, for example.

The above scene from Bosch’s painting is actually just one third (fourth, really) of his famous triptych, which depicts a wide range of human activity. Camping, for example:

And nobody likes jury duty:

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One Response to The Garden Of Earthly Delights

  1. rujabes says:

    The Simpsons have really taught me so very much about so very many things. It’s like a syndicated tuition.

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